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William E. Putnam (1922-1996)


Under copyright (with permission of BCSS GB)

The British Cactus and Succulent Society of Great Britain is gratefully acknowleged for accepting that Putnam's booklet is made available from this e-library.

This small booklet was published in 1978. It presents the most popular gymnocalycium with 36 B&W pictures. Excellent for the beginner.
“Bill” Putnam was a British (English) industrial chemist and horticulturist, with a special interest in Gymnocalycium. He started a mixed collection of cacti in 1954. Editor of the National Cactus & Succulent Journal 1970-1976, founder member of the Succulent Plant Institute (later Trust) in 1962, and editor of the Succulent Plant Trust Newsletter 1969-1992.

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